The Applicant: Williams Communications, LLC
The Applicant, Williams Communications, LLC (Williams),
is proposing to construct certain facilities of the Sentry Marysville
Project in the City of Sacramento, in Yuba County, and in the City of
Biggs in Butte County (Figure 3-1). The proposed project
is known as the Williams Communications Sentry Marysville Project. The
new fiber optic conduits would be buried underground in existing public
or railroad right-of-way (ROW) to a depth of 42 to 48 inches, in a rural
community, and alongside cultivated farmlands.
Purpose of the Project
The objective of the proposed project is to:
- Meet customer-specific service needs in the City of Sacramento and
to portions of Yuba and Butte counties, and to provide tie-ins to Qwest
and SBC intra- and interstate networks by constructing new fiber optic
conduits, cables, and related facilities.
- Where possible, avoid or mitigate impacts on traffic along the construction
routes, on biological and water resources, and on other environmental
resources in the project area to a less than significant level.
The proposed project consists of six segments. As described below, new
construction is proposed only for three segments. The remaining segments
would utilize existing dark fiber on which multiplexers and amplifiers
would be installed and the cables connected to Williams' existing network:
- Segment 1, the "Sacramento #1" segment, consists of two
customer dark fibers from Williams' Sacramento Point of Presence (POP) 2,
located at 1005 North B Street, to Williams' Sacramento POP 1,
located at 770 L Street, utilizing approximately 1.3 miles of its existing
interconnect fibers to cross-connect the customer collocation space
at Sacramento POP 2 with a Fiber Distribution Panel (FDP) at Sacramento
POP 1. Customer fibers would then be cross-connected from POP 1
FDP to riser cable in new conduit at the Qwest space on the sixth floor
of 770 L Street. Customer fibers would then be cross-connected to Qwest
- Segment 2, the "Sacramento #2" segment, consists of two
Qwest dark fibers that originate from the Qwest POP on the sixth floor
of 770 L Street and travel northeast out of Sacramento on City streets
and Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) ROW for approximately 42.8 miles to
Qwest Splice Point 134.15.
- Segment 3, the "Ostrom" segment (Figure 3-2), would include
conduit system and fiber optic cable. Construction along this segment
begins at Qwest Splice Point 134.15 and travels northwest along the
UPRR ROW for approximately 900 feet to Ostrom Road in Yuba County. The
segment then continues east along Ostrom Road for approximately 4.2
miles to the intersection with South Beale Road. From this intersection,
the segment continues southwest along South Beale Road for approximately
0.2 miles to "White Line Base Demark" where fibers would terminate
in a newly installed manhole.
- Segment 4, the "Avondale" segment (Figure 3-3) begins at
PacBell MH 432 at Avondale Road. The route runs along Avondale Road
and Hammonton Road for approximately 2000 feet, to Qwest Splice Point
139.12 on UPRR property. Construction along this segment would include
installation of conduit system and new Lucent Tru-Wave fiber optic cable.
- Segment 5, the "Yuba City" segment, consists of two Qwest
dark fibers from Qwest Splice Point 139.12 on UPRR at Hammonton Road,
Yuba City, then travels for approximately 22.5 miles to Qwest Splice
Point 168.1 in Biggs.
- Segment 6, the "Biggs" segment (Figure 3-4) begins at Qwest
Splice Point 168.1 and proceeds along the UPRR ROW to the existing Williams
Sacramento-to-Portland backbone conduit system. Construction along this
segment would consist of installation of Tru-Wave fiber optic cable
and development of a railroad crossing. Once in the existing backbone
conduit system, customer fibers would be inside newly installed cable
to Biggs Regen located at the intersection of Farris and Biggs Gridley
Road, Butte County. Customer fibers would then be cross-connected and
terminated to Customer collocation space inside Biggs Regen.
New cable conduit would be installed underground by trenching and directional
boring at water, sensitive resource and railroad crossings. The conduit
will consist of 1.5-inch-diameter flexible polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe.
Three conduits would be placed along each new construction route. Manholes
would also be installed, as well as pipeline markers.